Reading has been something I have grown to love. I used to love reading when I was really young, but somewhere around the age reading was required I lost the desire. Now as an an adult, my sole purpose in reading is not for a story (though I enjoy a good story from time to time), but for inspiration, learning, and growing. I’m constantly looking for how to get better in life- be a better servant, a better wife, a better mom, a better friend, etc. What a better way to learn than by reading?!
Over the last 5 years or so, I’ve developed a desire for writing. Most of that desire has been fueled by leading small groups for women and identifying ways to help them grow in their own life. I hope one day I can inspire others through writing in the same way I am inspired by things that I have read. I have no idea what the future holds for me in this area, but I do know that whenever I hear the question, “If you could do anything for God and not fail what would it be” (& I have heard/read that ALOT lately) my answer is always to be a writer (through blogging, magazines, books, whatever).
I also know that becoming a writer doesn’t just happen, there’s a lot to learn about the process. A couple years ago I was looking for active things I could do to help myself in this area when I read this quote from a book (don’t remember where, but it has stuck with me ever since), “Good writers are good readers.” Ever since I read that quote I knew that’s where I had to start. I have always wanted to be a good reader (especially in college!), but I just never could stick with it consistently. Lately, the “good reader” part of that quote has started to become a part of me. It’s not something I’m forcing myself to do to become a good writer, it’s something I’m doing because I really enjoy it! Because of that, now I have a little hope that the first part of that quote might actually come true one day.
A couple weeks ago I finished 3 books: Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus (the book my small group studied), The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, & Teaching to Change Lives by Dr. Howard Hendricks.
All of these books are excellent and I have had to give myself a little break to let it all sink in. I want what I read to actually change me- not just give my another book to check off my list. I will post a recap of all three soon so that I can process it all better.
What have you been reading lately?